Instant Architecture

Emergency Hospitals: Types and Techniques

Ramón Araujo 

Hospital prefabricado de Huoshenshan, Wuhan (China)

Architecture plays an important role in the response to catastrophes of all kinds, and this role is raising a great amount of interest in society. Nevertheless, it must be made clear from the start that in emergency architecture, many conventional features of architectural practice are disrupted and even inverted, such as the carefully worked out detail, the unrushed design and execution process, and the pursuit of durability and permanence. In this “extreme architecture,” the Vitruvian triad has to defer to a modified hierarchy of values, one where the priority is the response to the ongoing catastrophe... [+]

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